Matt Dempsey Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-9797
David Lungren David_Lungren@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-5642
INHOFE WELCOMES GROWING SUPPORT FROM GOVERNORS, GRASSROOTS TO STOP EPA'S BACKDOOR ENERGY TAX
Senator Inhofe and Bob Stallman, President AFBF (behind)
Washington, DC-Speaking today to the American Farm Bureau's "Don't Cap our Future Rally," Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, welcomed growing support from farm groups, Democratic and Republican governors, and a host of small business and trade organizations to overturn EPA's endangerment finding for greenhouse gases-which amounts to a job-killing, backdoor energy tax on the American people.
"As I've said all along, EPA's endangerment finding is a backdoor energy tax on the American people that will destroy jobs, weaken our energy security, and put the economy into a state of stagnation," Sen. Inhofe said. "The Obama EPA should heed the message from Republicans and Democrats, from farmers and manufacturers, and from builders and unions: stop this tax and the regulatory nightmare it will create, and work with Congress to pass an all-of-the-above energy plan that means more jobs, more energy, and more security for America."
Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau President, praised Senator Inhofe for his work on defeating cap-and-trade, saying today, "I am pleased to introduce Senator Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma. Senator Inhofe has led the charge in the Senate against cap-and-trade climate change legislation. We are grateful to him for his crusading leadership on this issue, and I personally have appreciated testifying before the Environment and Public Works Committee, and his steady hand up there to give our side a little help."
On February 15, 2010 at the Oklahoma Farm Bureau's annual Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla., Senator Inhofe was presented with the American Farm Bureau Federation's highest award, the Golden Plow award. Inhofe was nominated for the award by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau for his work on critical agriculture and Farm Bureau issues.